The 2013 People's Survey was launched on 26 June by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo. The Prime Minister commended ANUedge and the University of the South Pacific (USP) for their work on a report that will help shape the future of the Solomon Islands. He also thanked the 56 local survey takers, facilitators and support staff who documented the views of about 3,400 people in communities across Guadalcanal, Malaita and Western Provinces, and in the capital Honiara.
Prime Minister Lilo stated that the Survey is a useful tool for informing Solomon Islands Government (SIG) priorities and that key findings in education and health would be given particular consideration. The Prime Minister also noted the importance of Solomon Islanders having access to quality information across a range of topics.
The launch was well attended by senior Solomon Island Government officials, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Special Coordinator, Nicholas Coppel, foreign diplomats, senior AusAID representatives, NGOs and the media.
Dr Christine McMurray for ANUE and Dr Sunil Kumar of USP's School of Economics presented the key findings from this year's Survey and explained how it is developed in collaboration with the National Statistics Office, in response to priority information needs identified by Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI.
The People's Survey is an independent annual survey conducted by ANUE, a commercial arm of the Australian National University, and the University of the South Pacific. The Survey is used across the Solomon Islands Government, in RAMSI's reporting to the Pacific Islands Forum, and provides a unique insight into the opinions of Solomon Islanders on a wide range of issues.